The Offa Descendants Union North America (ODUNA) on Monday said it donated N1.650 million to the families of the 33 persons killed during the April 4, 2018, bank robbery in Offa.
ODUNA is an umbrella body for indigenes of Offa residing in North America through which they undertake socio-economic matters affecting the people as well as assist people at home.
Dr Adegboyega Abdulkodir, the President of the union, told the News Diary.ng (ND) in a telephone interview at Omu-Aran that each of the the 33 families would receive N50,000 cash.
Abdulkodir said that the union also made provision for a token of N10,000 to some of the survivors of the attack.
“The donation is part of the union’s corporate social responsibility towards assisting people at home and this time, the families of the victims of April 2018 bank robbery in Offa,” he said.
He said the gesture was to ameliorate the financial difficulties being faced by members of the families left behind by the dead as well as those of the survivors of the unfortunate bank robbery.
Abdulkodir hinted that the union also donated N150,000 as scholarship to three indigent undergraduates at N50,000 each and N10,000 to four secondary school students at N10,000 each.
“The union also donated books to eight community schools in Offa and the Department of Paediatrics, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH),” he said.
Abdukodir, a US based Neonatologist and Fellow of America Academy of Paediatricians, was part of the team that visited the country last month for the union’s annual free medical outreach in Offa.
He said 70 persons underwent free medical surgeries during the 2020 edition of the outreach executed in collaboration with University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Kwara State Sight Savers and the Kwara State School of Health Technology, Offa.
He said that more than 15,000 indigenes of the area have benefited from the union’s medical outreach since its inception in 2016, with more than 600 free eye glasses distributed to patients with sight challenges.